Teen Violence Along The BorderJanuary 6, 2011 - 2:34 PM | by: Laura Ingle
There have been two separate violent incidents along the Mexican border, involving 6 teenagers and U.S. Customs Border Protection agents this week. One teen, did not survive. The case of a 17 year old shot by a border patrol agent in Nogales, Arizona is being treated as an “assault on a federal officer” investigation according to the F-B-I.
The special agent in charge of this case tells Fox News, federal agents were trying to arrest drug smugglers on the U.S. side of the border early Wednesday when a group of bystanders on the Mexican side began throwing rocks at them. One of the agents fired his weapon at the teenage boy who had been throwing rocks, and was also attempting to scale the border fence. The teenager, identified by local news reports as Ramses Barron Torres was found dead outside a hospital in Mexico after three men reportedly left him there.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, deadly force *may* be used when an agent believes that a person possesses the means, intent, and opportunity to cause death or grave harm. In another violent episode, Wednesday three 15 year olds and two 17 year olds were taken into custody near El Paso, Texas in Ciudad Juarez after a running shootout with federal police. The teens were allegedly driving a pickup truck that contained 10 pounds of marijuana. According to investigators, the gang was trying to escape police when they reportedly shot several rounds from a pistol into a police car. It has been an ongoing trend where police arrest young drug suspects in the area. Ciudad Juarez is no stranger to violence. Between January and November of 2010, nearly 2,900 murders were recorded there, an average of 262 a month, or nearly 9 murders a day.